Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
If you have been diagnosed with a pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, one type of medical treatment may cause even more damage and injury. The FDA has recently warned that these injuries are not uncommon. Please contact us for transvaginal mesh lawsuit filing deadlines and a free no-obligation case review.
Pelvic organ prolapse, or POP, occurs when the muscles in the pelvic area weaken and organs in that area may shift downward. The uterus, vagina, urethra and bladder are all organs that may drop toward and even into the vagina. This can cause pain, pressure, incontinence, constipation and discomfort during intercourse.
Stress urinary incontinence or SUI, occurs when the muscles in the urethra are not strong enough to hold in urine when the bladder contracts, such as when a person laughs, sneezes or coughs. This may also happen as the pelvic organs shift, placing more pressure on each other.
Both POP and SUI may occur as women age. In fact, 30-50% have some type of pelvic organ prolapse, but only a few have severe symptoms. Pelvic muscles can weaken due to the weight from multiple pregnancies, the stress of multiple vaginal deliveries or a decrease in female hormones. A hysterectomy can also contribute to POP, since organs may shift into the area where the uterus once was.
Transvaginal Mesh Failure
Doctors may treat POP and SUI several ways, including the recommendation of exercise and lifestyle changes. However, in some cases, the tissue in the pelvic area needs to be repaired. In addition to repairing the tissue, doctors have sometimes inserted a plastic mesh device through the vagina in order to reinforce the repair.
For many patients, however, the insertion of this transvaginal mesh has proven to be dangerous. From 2005-2010, the FDA found nearly 4000 reports of injuries and deaths due to surgical mesh products used for POP and SUI repairs. In some cases, the mesh perforated the bladder, bowel or blood vessels. In other cases, the mesh eroded over time or shortened, which caused additional pain and in some cases, even new cases of pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence.
Because the mesh is intended to be a permanent fixture, it quickly intertwines with the tissue once it is implanted. As a result, it is difficult to remove. Furthermore, doctors and patients have found that even after transvaginal mesh removal the mesh does not guarantee a decrease in side effects.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
The FDA is currently suggesting that the mesh be reclassified as a high risk and face more regulatory controls. But for those patients who are currently coping with transvaginal mesh complications, this news comes too late. We represent patients who believe the manufacturers of the surgical mesh products should be held responsible for the long-term damage and pain these devices have caused. If you have had complications from transvaginal mesh products, we encourage you to review your experience with us, and we can discuss your legal options. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation and confidential consultation. There is a limited time to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Please contact us at your earliest convenience.